Yes, I figured this one is true.
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Spooky Number Of Americans Believe In Ghosts

Your mommy and daddy might have told you there are no such things as ghosts.

But nearly half the country thinks otherwise.

A HuffPost/YouGov poll shows that 45 percent of Americans believe in ghosts, or that the spirits of dead people can come back in certain places and situations.

The idea of ghosts as hopeful evidence of life after death goes all the way back to ancient Egypt, where it was commonly believed that death was merely a transition to some mysterious netherworld of another existence.

While skeptics deny the existence of ghosts, claiming there's no real evidence, polls and surveys have shown the public strongly disagrees.

Of the 1,000 adults interviewed Dec. 17-18, the HuffPost/YouGov poll revealed 45 percent believe in ghosts, or that the spirits of dead people can come back in certain places and situations. When asked if they believe there's a life after death, 64 percent responded Yes. While 59 percent of adults don't believe they've ever actually seen a ghost, 43 percent also don't think that ghosts or spirits can harm or interact with living people.

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Odd that religion and belief in ghosts seem to be separate things for many people. I found clear explanations in Oliver Sacks'  Hallucinations. But what do you mean about the picture being true? It's probably not photoshopped - it's a photo in which two images are mixed up. I've got some 50 yrs old black and white pictures here in which the same happened.  

So do I. 

Religion and ghosts do go hand in hand Chris- I notice that.

Double exposure were common.

No, I don't think there is life after death, nor do spirits of dead people come back, no, I don't think ghosts or spirits can hear or interact with living people. 
I have seen a ghost ... I was preparing a huge feast after my mother's death for guests coming to honor her  life. I looked up and saw her. Do I believe it was her ghost? No, it was my mind, imagining her. The mind is capable of doing that. 

Let me give you a little example of tricks the mind can play. My then husband had been a battle field surgeon in Viet Nam for a year and was expected to fly out of Saigon to return home at the end of his tour. I knew the place, date and time of transport take-off, both in Viet Nam and Spokane time. Over the news came a report a military flight returning soldiers to US had crashed at the end of the runway and all on board perished. It was the right place and time for his flight. 
I began making plans of what I had to do. I had three children all three years old and I knew I had to hit the ground running, no time for grieving or being helpless. All that night, the next day and into the next night I was making lists, sorting thoughts, identifying resources I had and what I lacked. Where I needed help ... that kind of stuff. My living room lights, bedroom lights, both on the street side of the house were left on because I had work to do. 


At about two or three in the morning my doorbell rang, I looked out the window and at the street was an Air Force car, blue, with yellow letters, U.S. Air Force. On my porch were two men, one in uniform, the other in uniform and with his hat held under his arm the way military people do. I knew who they were and their task was to inform me of my husband's death. Remember ... I am not thinking clearly at this time. 

I opened the door. There stood my husband in military dress and beside him was a yellow taxi cab driver with his hat on his head. The car was a yellow cab. 

Thanks Joan.  Excellent stories of the tricks our minds can play on us.

I love you sharing your story Joan - I do believe that there are scientific reasons behind these so called "ghost sightings". Your mind does play tricks on you, I agree.

Must have been a shocking experience, Joan!

And 28% of Americans believe gawd determines the outcome of football games.  I just wonder WTF was gawd doing when a lunatic was slaughtering 20 5 year old children - probably to busy rigging the play off games -  important priorities .

That is the way I see it Jim. 

Exactly Jim - like god really cares about the outcome of a game.

Oh but God wasn't there because we threw him out of the schools!

(*barf*)

So much for omnipresence and for that matter omnibenevolence, if he'd be so petty as to not rescue kids because we threw him out of the building they were in.

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